Friday, October 14, 2011

Literary Giveaway Blog Hop (October 15 to 19)

Literary Giveaway Blog Hop October 2011

It's time for another Literary Giveaway Blog Hop! The one held in June was a big success so when Judith suggested a fall version, I knew I had to join in again. Since we'll be moving soon, I'm offering some books that have been in my giveaway box for a while. Better to send them to new homes than take them with me, right?

Some of these certainly need no explanation, but here is some information about each of the books. The blurbs are taken from the back of the books themselves. For more on the books, click the titles to read about them on Amazon*. And be sure to visit Leeswammes' Blog for all the information on the Hop.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
(I bought a 50th Anniversary hardback edition last year so no longer need my old paperback copy. Slightly faded but still in very good condition.)
The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill a Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill a Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
(Read once, and has a wrinkle in the cover, but still in good condition.)
Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheel-chair bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood's two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA's seedy backstreets, Marlowe's got his work cut out - and that's before he stumbles over the first corpse...

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
(Never read, I opted instead for the Penguin edition. Note: The print is quite small.)
The victim of a miscarriage of justice, Dantes is fired by a desire for retribution and empowered by a stroke of providence. In his campaign of vengence, he becomes an anonymous agent of fate. The sensational narrative of intrigue, betrayal, escape, and triumphant revenge moves at a cracking pace. Dumas' novel presents a powerful conflict between good and evil embodied in an epic saga of rich diversity that is complicated by the hero's ultimate discomfort with the hubristic implication of his own actions.

Roxanna Slade by Reynolds Price
(Bought used so it is a bit scuffed, and with some damage to the cover, but the pages are clean.)
Roxanna begins her story on her twentieth birthday - a day that introduces her to the harsh realities of adulthood and changes the course of her life forever. From this day on, Roxanna is quick to share with the reader the intimate details of ninety years of life in North Carolina. Her beguiling tale is one that boldly reflects the high and low moments in the development of the modern South and the nation as well as the inner strength of a woman possessed of a piercingly clear vision, forthright hungers and immense vitality.

Comfort Woman by Nora Okja Keller
(Read once, still like new.)
Comfort Woman is the story of Akiko, a Korean refugee of World War II, and Beccah, her daughter by an American missionary. The two women are living on the edge of society - and sanity - in Honolulu, haunted by Akiko's periodic encounters with the spirits of the dead, and by Beccah's struggles to reclaim her mother from her past. Slowly and painfully Akiko reveals her tragic story as a "comfort woman" to Japanese soldiers. As Beccah uncovers these truths, she discovers her own strength and the precious gifts her mother has given her.

Underground by Tobias Hill
(Withdrawn library copy, from the Cambridge Library, UK. Library binding, faded pages but still very readable.)
Among the rush-hour crowds and abandoned levels of the London Underground, someone is pushing women under trains. In his search for a killer, Casimir, a Tube worker, is led ever deeper into this city beneath the city. Below the bright crowds and tunnel musicians is a labyrinth of long-forgotten cross-passages, deep shelters and derelict Victorian stations. Hunting for the clues that will lead him to the killer, Casimir is also drawn back into his own past and the terrible secrets of his Polish childhood. In subterranean London, Casimir has gone to ground. But in his desperate search, he discovers a chance for forgiveness and the emergence of a new life.

Giveaway details
*The giveaway will close on October 19, 2011.
*Anyone can enter, the giveaway is open internationally. All you need is a mailing address anywhere in the world where you can accept packages.
*You do not need to be a follower or have a blog to enter.
*There will be six winners. You can enter to win 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or all 6 books, but you can only win one. Please rank them in order of preference on the form.
*To enter the giveaway please complete this form:
(click on the link below and the form will open in a new window)

Note: You must complete the form to be entered in the giveaway. Comments on this post do not qualify as entries. If you have any problems filling in the form, please let me know.

One of the features of this giveaway hop is that all the books being given away should be literary of some sort. So if you like well-written stories with a literary flair, be sure to check out all the other giveaways as well. See the full list of participants below.

  1. Leeswammes
  2. Devouring Texts
  3. The Book Whisperer
  4. Seaside Book Nook
  5. The Scarlet Letter (US only)
  6. Rikki's Teleidoscope
  7. Bibliosue
  8. Curled Up With a Good Book and a Cup of Tea
  9. The Book Diva's Reads
  10. Gaskella
  11. Lucybird's Book Blog
  12. Kim's Bookish Place
  13. The Book Garden
  14. Under My Apple Tree
  15. Helen Smith
  16. Sam Still Reading
  17. Nishita's Rants and Raves
  18. Ephemeral Digest
  19. Bookworm with a View
  20. The Parrish Lantern
  21. Dolce Bellezza
  22. Lena Sledge Blog
  23. Book Clutter
  24. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (US only)
  25. The Blue Bookcase
  26. Book Journey (US only)
  27. The House of the Seven Tails (US only)
  28. In One Eye, Out the Other (US only)
  29. Read, Write & Live
  30. Fresh Ink Books
  1. Living, Learning, and Loving Life (US only)
  2. Bibliophile By the Sea
  3. Laurie Here Reading & Writing Reviews
  4. Amy's Book World (US only)
  5. Teadevotee
  6. Joy's Book Blog
  7. Word Crushes (US only)
  8. Thinking About Loud!
  9. Kinna Reads
  10. Sweeping Me
  11. Minding Spot (US only)
  12. Babies, Books, and Signs (US only)
  13. Lisa Beth Darling
  14. Tony's Reading List
  15. SusieBookworm (US only)
  16. Tell Me A Story
  17. Close Encounters with the Night Kind
  18. Nerfreader
  19. Mevrouw Kinderboek (Netherlands, Belgium)
  20. Boekblogger (Netherlands)
  21. In Spring it is the Dawn
  22. No Page Left Behind
  23. Elle Lit

Good luck! Now go enter to win some other great books!

*The small print: Links in this post to Amazon contain my Associates ID. Purchases made via these links earn me a very small commission. For more information please visit my About Page.


  1. thanks very much for this very generous contest-in order of preference I would like to win

    Comfort Woman


    rereadinglives (at)

  2. Hi! I am Marta, an email subscriber of your blog. I'd love to participate in this giveaway but I can't see any form. What can I do? Thank you!
    martaplayita at gmail dot com

  3. Hi Marta! Thanks for subscribing to my blog. For the giveaway, on this post under the Giveaway details, click on the link: Literary Giveaway Blog Hop - October 2011. (It's in larger font, and in red). When you click on that link, the entry form should open in a new window. Does that make sense? Please let me know if you still have problems with it.

    mel u - Please follow the instructions I've given to Marta so that your entry will be included for the giveaway.

  4. Thanks & a generous selection of books here, of which my preference is Comfort Women, as it's a subject I've come across from a historical perspective, but this makes a more personal viewpoint. Thanks.
    Ps 2nd selection Underground.

  5. Thank you! I've seen the form and follow the instructions now! Best regards from the other side of the world :)

  6. Excellent giveaway, I'm going to try my luck :)

  7. Thanks a lot for this great giveaway!

  8. Thank you for the giveaway and hop!

  9. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  10. Hello. I would be happy to win any one of the books you have to give away! Comfort Woman sounds interesting. My email is cerievans1[at]gmail[dot]com. Thanks!

  11. I'd love a chance at to kill a mockingbird

    unforgetable_dreamer_always (at) hotmail (dot) com

  12. Thank you so much for this great giveaway:)


  13. Thank you for this great giveaway!

    I would love to read:
    Comfort Woman by Nora Okja Keller.


  14. I'd love to try for Underground and To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Thanks for the giveaway and for joining the blog hop. Nat.

  15. Thank you for this beautiful giveaway

  16. Hello! Eclectic selection of books there! I'd really like to win The Big Sleep (for some reason I bought the 2nd and 3rd books in the series but not the 1st). Thanks for the giveaway!


  17. Sounds like a great prize, thank you for the chance! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom I am not sure which book yet :)

  18. Roxanna Slade by Reynolds Price sounds like a good read and is one I have not read.

  19. My first choice would be Comfort Woman by Nora Okja Keller. Thanks!


    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  20. Thanks for the giveaway, and for making it international!

  21. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I'd choose Comfort Woman by Nora Okja Keller.

  22. Thanks for the great giveaway. Hard to pick:)



  23. My first choice is Comfort Woman by Nora Okja Keller. There was a protest near my house a couple weeks ago and I realized I am woefully ignorant on the subject.



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